What will my child learn during the school year?

St. John’s preschool classes offer a complete educational program for even the youngest child. The lessons are presented in ways that allow the child to absorb the knowledge effortlessly as part of his/her natural development. Every child has one on one lessons and interactions with others throughout the day. The preschool classroom has a full range of materials, including exercises in practical life, the sensorial apparatus, language exercises, mathematics exercises, and work in cultural areas including geography, science, art, music, and Spanish.

Practical Life: Materials that provide the child an opportunity to practice everyday activities such as pouring, scooping, twisting, snapping, zipping, buttoning, etc., while developing concentration, independence, and coordination.

Sensorial: Refines the use of the senses, training the child to differentiate gradations of color, size, texture, shape, etc.

Math: Concrete materials representing all types of quantities, which the child can manipulate and demonstrate to himself the basic operations of arithmetic.

Language: Materials begin with phonetic sounds of letters while allowing the child to progress at his/her own speed to word construction and eventually to writing and reading.

Art, Geography, Music, & Science: Materials allow the child to expand his range of interests and develop creativity and self-expression.

Social Graces: Blessing/prayer; thank you; no, thank you; yes, ma’am; no, ma’am; kindness towards others; sharing/taking turns; patience; etc.

Resources: Preschool students attend weekly resources classes: library, physical education, and music. All students participate in an annual chapel program and May Day.

Preschool Curriculum Guide

Language and Literacy

  • Identify and name the colors of the rainbow in English, Spanish, German, and Chinese
  • Name the days of the week, months of the year on sight and from memory
  • Know the alphabet song and phonetic sounds
  • Trace first and last name
  • Listen and follow directions independently and in group situations
  • Write name independently
  • Read own name and names of friends
  • Create a book with handwritten works
  • Match like objects to more complex matching works
  • Cut works, properly handling scissors, cutting straight lines to more complicated cutting works
  • Determine sequence from simple to more complex
  • Identify fruits and vegetables
  • Access bookshelf with age-appropriate books
    • Informative texts about animals, flowers, insects, plants, butterflies, birds, etc.
    • Fictional, entertaining storybooks
    • Picture books
    • Number/alphabet books
    • I Spy books


  • Count days of the week and months of the year in English and Spanish
  • Identify basic shapes—circle, square, triangle, rectangle, star, heart, and diamond
  • Identify geometric shapes—sphere, cube, triangle-based pyramids, cylinder, oval, ellipse, rectangle, prism, cone
  • Count 0-12 with a good understanding of quantifying and numerical order
  • Complete a puzzle of 10 or more pieces
  • Demonstrate understanding of numerical works that move from concrete to abstract
  • Demonstrate understanding of quantity
  • Identify tangrams
  • Identify binomial cubes
  • Complete simple addition and subtraction

Social Studies

  • Recite the pledge of allegiance
  • Recognize air, water, and land on the globe
  • Identify the seven continents on the globe and map
  • Demonstrate understanding of the multicultural globe


  • Understand the difference in magnetic/nonmagnetic
  • Use a magnifying glass with objects that are constantly changing
  • Conduct color mixing work
  • Use scrubbing/polishing works
  • Use good hygiene—washing hands, etc.
  • Demonstrate understanding of float/sink
  • Demonstrate knowledge of our environment—classroom, school, playground, etc.
  • Take care of the environment
  • Listen to instructions in horticulture
  • Plant flowers and vegetables in the garden
  • Demonstrate knowledge of plant/animal, living/nonliving things
  • Participate in growing and releasing of butterflies
  • Build and fly kites

Creative Arts

  • Participate in color mixing
  • String beads, etc.
  • Learn to sequence objects
  • Listen and follow directions for craft/art projects

Social Skills

  • Demonstrate grace and courtesy skills during snack, meeting, work time, playtime, and potty time (nose-blowing, sneezing, and coughing)
  • Demonstrate understanding of concepts of sharing
  • Engage in age-appropriate verbal interaction with peers and teachers

Gross Motor Skills

  • Perform appropriate actions with outdoor/playground equipment
  • Walk, run, gallop, skip
  • Jump, hop on one foot
  • Catch and throw a ball
  • Swing independently

Fine Motor Skills

  • Use a pencil
  • Cut with scissors
  • Color within the lines
  • Manipulate small items in play
  • Complete puzzles
  • Play simple board games
  • Play computer-based games

Performance Skills

  • Learn dialogue, songs, and dances for the chapel program
  • Learn songs and choreography for the May Day performance
  • Learn simple poems and rhymes for performing in class
  • Make oral presentations in class about hobbies, interests, and activities (show and tell)

Resource Classes

  • Music
  • Library
  • Physical Education
  • Garden